As the San Francisco 49ers began their third day of training camp today, it was also their first full-padded practice. A team that lost backup RB Kendall Hunter to a torn ACL just one day earlier, the vibe around Levi’s Stadium remained positive. In fact, many players shined. From second-year starter CB Tramaine Brock to WR Michael Crabtree, both sides of the ball had their fair share of big plays during individual and team drills.
The player known as T-Brock had by far the best day on the defensive side of the ball, as he intercepted a pass intended for WR Stevie Johnson all while taking it to the house! Brock, who intercepted the pass thrown by QB Kory Faulkner, undercut the route as he gambled by reading the quarterback’s eyes. A play that eventually paid off. Just two plays later, Brock would make another spectacular play as he broke up a pass intended for RB Carlos Hyde coming out of the flat. A physical cornerback that excels in press coverage, T-Brock showed why he was given that contract extension.
However, T-Brock wasn’t the only player that shined today as WR Michael Crabtree was the offensive MVP on day three. During 7-on-7 drills, Crabtree made a nice touchdown catch as he plucked the ball out of the air from QB Colin Kaepernick. A nice play on his part as the ball was thrown in double coverage, Crabtree nonetheless snagged the touchdown catch. Not to mention, Crabtree made catch-after-catch during 11-on-11 drills, he was by far the best wide receiver today.
As for the rookies, WR Bruce Ellington did a nice job as he was seen fielding punts on the side field. A player that has return ability, Ellington did not disappoint as he fielded punts cleanly while turning up field. The same can’t be said for undrafted rookie free-agent ILB Shayne Skov as he was seen struggling in one-on-one tackling drills. It wasn’t that Skov was taking bad angles to the ball carrier but rather his speed to get there. A concern many NFL teams had heading into this year’s draft, Skov’s speed was clearly a liability today.
The dark horse on the day was second-year player RB Jewel Hampton. The diminutive running back was seen making one-handed catches while running wild between the tackles. He must of got the memo on Hunter because Hampton balled out of control.
With the 49ers set to begin their second day in full pads tomorrow, we will keep you updated on the latest surrounding your favorite team as it unfolds.